Three things that can empower women

On the eve of International Women’s Day, I wanted to take the time to reflect on the things that I think are important to empower women in 2015. 

The first thing that strikes me when I think about empowerment is the struggle that women still face in male dominated workplaces. 

For a female wanting to get promoted in this sort of environment, it really is a battle. I know, I checked. 

The thing that I found difficult in that environment was that the men do tend to have a lot of solidarity. The higher management roles are predominantly held by men and they do favour their friends for promotion. Fact. 

Unfortunately, us women don’t naturally stick together as well as we should in that sort of environment. So I think that when it comes to large, male dominated workplaces the thing that can empower women; is women. 

The second thing that still needs to change is attitudes. This is of course easier said than done, but we are still a million miles away from achieving equality. 

In the church, you can argue the why’s and wherefores but women are still treated as second class citizens.

Of course, that’s not the only area but it is a very influential institution that leads women to believe that they are not as important as men. 

Until we are all regarded as equal regardless of gender, men will always have the upper hand in regard to their own self-belief if nothing else. 

And the final thing that I believe can empower women is allowing them to be both career women and mothers simultaneously. 

Let’s face it, we live in a digital age. There really is no need for every job to be carried out within the confines of an office these days. 

I often hear a debate in the media around childcare. The provision of childcare, whether it should be free, whether it should be subsidised and who should receive what. 

There is talk about empowering women to get back to work after having children. But what about empowering them to do both? 

When I had my first child, I was incredibly lucky to be able to start working from home. This was thanks to a woman who was able to help me. 

Now, I work from home as a freelancer. I know this is not an option for most people, which is why society needs to step in. 

There are few large companies that don’t have jobs that could be done at least predominantly from home. In many of these roles, office hours are irrelevant. 

Personally, I work in the afternoons, evenings and at weekends. Whilst this wouldn’t work for customer facing or telephone roles, there are a lot of positions that these hours would work for. 

The problem is that the majority of large companies that could empower women in roles that support motherhood are predominantly run by men. 

So realistically, things won’t ever change until girls and boys grow up with an attitude of equality. That and an understanding of what it means to be able to both work and look after your children full time. 

I wonder what the future will hold when this little girl becomes a woman? 

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6 Comments

  1. Izzie Anderton
    March 8, 2015 / 3:18 pm

    After having twins almost 21 years ago, it was my husband who gave up work to look after them. At that time it was almost unheard of for dad to stay home and look after the kids, but it was definitely the right decision for us. Who knows what the future holds for our daughters? Here’s hoping equality continues to evolve.
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    • monsterid March 8, 2015 / 3:21 pm

      That’s fabulous to hear Izzie, my husband would love to do the same if he was able to. I’m glad to hear that it was right for you. Personally I don’t think I’d go back to working away from home now, I’ll probably always work flexibly now, once you’ve done it there’s no going back to the grindstone in my opinion, I love it! 😉

  2. HonestMum
    March 8, 2015 / 8:51 pm

    Such a vital post, we need to support boys and girls to believe but also to practice equality to ensure the next generation feel empowered to be whomever they choose. Thanks for this x

    • monsterid March 8, 2015 / 8:54 pm

      Thank you so much. I agree, it’s all about empowering the next generation so that things get progressively better.x

  3. alice
    March 8, 2015 / 11:10 pm

    I think this is a great post! I have just recently done a presentation at uni on gender and looked a lot into how women used to be treated to how they are treated today. Although a lot has changed I still believe there are attitudes that need to be changed in order for us to all be happy and treated fairly.

    • monsterid March 8, 2015 / 11:23 pm

      Aw thanks Alice. Sounds like a fascinating topic to study at uni. It’s so important to learn about where things were and how far we’ve come. It’s what teaches us how to move forward in making the changes that still need to take place.xx

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